Projector Reviews

Sanyo PLV-Z2000 Home Theater Projector: Physical Tour

The Z2000 comes in a slightly boxy, but all white, matte finish. With rounded edges, and a door that automatically closes to hide the lens (and keep it clean) when not in use, the PLV-Z2000 is good looking, in a utilitarian way. (If you want highly sculpted – not that it should matter – look to Epson.)

Facing the Sanyo Z2000, the 2:1 manual zoom lens is mounted slightly off center, to the right. Measured from the front of the lens, the Z2000 can be as close to a 100″ diagonal screen, as 9 feet 10 inches, and as far back as 20 feet. Focus and zoom are achieved by rotating the trim rings around the recessed lens. An infra-red sensor for the remote control is further to the right. The front screw thread adjustable feet are on the bottom just behind the front of the projector.

Next we move to the right side (still looking from the front). Here are found the vertical and horiztonal lens shift dials, and a lens lock to lock in those adjustments.

The control panel is located on the top of the PLV-Z2000. It is your classic control panel, consisting of nine buttons and 3 indicator lights. The indicator lights are for Power, Temperature, and Lamp. Looking from the back of the projector, the nine buttons are laid out as follows:

Three rows of three. The top row has Power (press once for on, twice for off), on the top right, and the Menu button on the top left. The bottom left is Input select, and the bottom right is an Info button. The other buttons (top center, 2nd row left and right, and bottom center), are the usual four arrow keys for menu navigation, and the center (center row) button is the Enter button.

The right side (from the rear) is mostly exhaust fan venting. And that takes us to the rear of the Sanyo PLV-Z2000. This Sanyo is fairly well equipped, although not extensively so. There are two HDMI inputs (I wish everyone would offer 3, but almost no one does), and two Component video inputs. In addition, there are the obligatory S-video and composite video inputs, and a computer input – the traditional analog HD15 connector. Lastly, there’s also a service port. The power receptacle and “hard” power switch are also on the rear of the Z2000.

That pretty much covers the physical aspects of the projector. As I said, the Sanyo PLV-Z2000 is an extremly watchable projector. Time to substantiate that opinion in our next section on image quality